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72nd Anniversary of FIRST TRANSPORTS to AUSCHWITZ

Posted by on Mar 30, 2014 in BLOG | 0 comments

72nd Anniversary of FIRST TRANSPORTS to AUSCHWITZ

This week heralds the 72nd Anniversary of the First Mass Transport to Auschwitz. What very few people know and what very few historians tell us is that the first 3-5 mass transports to Auschwitz were all young women! And the Slovak government actually paid the Third Reich to take the girls. I am now working to produce a documentary about their stories, which I have been finding since my trip to Slovakia and Auschwitz. Please help us by sharing this link with your friends, colleagues and others who want to honor not just Women’s History...

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Women You Should Know – Who Knew I Was One?

Posted by on Mar 26, 2014 in BLOG | 0 comments

Women You Should Know – Who Knew I Was One?

Heather Dune Macadam, a Holocaust biographer and author of Rena’s Promise: A Story of Sisters in Auschwitz, traveled to Poprad, Slovakia on March 26, 2012, the 70th anniversary of the first registered mass transit of Jews to Auschwitz. When she arrived at the memorial site what she came to learn took her on an entirely new journey. What many people don’t know is that all of the 999 prisoners in the first transport were young women ages 16-22. Rena Kornreich Gelissen, the survivor Heather wrote about in her first book, was one of these 999...

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Featured on USC Shoah Foundation

Posted by on Mar 25, 2014 in BLOG | 0 comments

Featured on USC Shoah Foundation

Heather Dune Macadam is fighting to bring the story of 999 girls to life, featured on USC SHOAH. Macadam is currently fundraising to make a documentary film called First Transport to Auschwitz: The Story of 999 Girls. The deadline for her Kickstarter campaign is Mon., March 31; click here to make a...

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Equinox 1984

Posted by on Mar 20, 2014 in BLOG | 0 comments

Equinox 1984

After a horrible beginning to the historic year of 1984. I was about to perform in Carnegie Hall! I thought my life, career and luck had really changed for the better, but had it? I had been hired by Shisiedo Cosmetics to dance with my then partner from the Martha Graham Comtemporary Dance Company, Charles Brown. Charlie and I were a perfect match – me pale as sea foam, he the softest latte. The costumer used tea to dye our leotards, so we would look nude on stage and I arrived at the hotel at one o’clock in the morning to begin...

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SAM WHERE ARE YOU? Jan 22 1984 — MISSING PERSON

Posted by on Jan 22, 2014 in BLOG | 0 comments

SAM WHERE ARE YOU? Jan 22 1984 — MISSING PERSON

It was three weeks today — thirty years ago and three weeks that Sam Todd disappeared off the face of this earth and left us in his wake wondering what happened. The theories we compiled in those first few days had dried up. The harsh reality of mortality had raised its head and caught us unaware. The police, finally arrived 5 days after Sam disappeared, and brought dogs to sniff Sam’s things and head out onto the icy streets of Manhattan to try and find a scent. What I know now is that they did not bring body sniffing...

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Mondays are Murder!

Posted by on Jan 22, 2014 in BLOG | 0 comments

Mondays are Murder!

My latest piece of noir and my first piece of flash fiction will be published on Akashic Books online  “Mondays are Murder” on 9 September 2013. “Mondays Are Murder allows us to offer a glimpse of cities not yet seen, neighborhoods or hidden corners not yet explored…” “Duct Tape” was inspired by a real conversation that my partner, Simon Worrall, and I had in bed one morning, after we moved to France. Be afraid. Be very afraid of mouth noises.     photo by Chip...

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Jan 6, 2014 – 30 Years Ago Today, Yale Divinity Student, Sam Todd was still a Missing Person…

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Jan 6, 2014 – 30 Years Ago Today, Yale Divinity Student, Sam Todd was still a Missing Person…

It was a Friday – Sam had been gone for a week tomorrow and the police were finally on the case. It is here that my memory begins to get really fuzzy. I know I participated in the search and placing flyers on Friday. When the police couldn’t get involved in a search until Sam had been missing for 5 days, Sam’s friends and family did what smart people do – they acted. That weekend the city was a swarm of Vassar and Yale students looking for Sam and plastering flyers all over the streets. A headquarters was set up with a...

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#Happy New Year… Jan 3, 2014 – 30 Years Ago Sam Todd’s Disappearance was Real.

Posted by on Jan 3, 2014 in BLOG | 0 comments

#Happy New Year… Jan 3, 2014 – 30 Years Ago Sam Todd’s Disappearance was Real.

Now there was an eerie feeling in the loft.  We left the door open that night and the downstairs door ajar, just in case, waiting for Sam like we were waiting for Elijah. It was a Tuesday and when we  woke up in the morning hoping Sam would have snuck in and curled up under a blanket. It was with hollow disappointment that we looked at our empty couches, made coffee, dressed for work, made our way uptown, left the door open, just in case. At night, when I got home from the Pilates studio and dance classes, we would scour the streets again....

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Jan 2, 2014 – 30 Years Ago on Jan 2, 1984, Sam Todd had still not returned home…

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Jan 2, 2014 – 30 Years Ago on Jan 2, 1984, Sam Todd had still not returned home…

Where was Sam? The idea that he had slept through the day in some strangers loft began to dissipate. There was still that hope but why hadn’t he called his parents to wish them a Happy New Year? That wasn’t like Sam. It was that phone call home to their parents that I remember. Adam’s face contorting to control his emotions, while also telling his folks that his older brother had disappeared. Making sure they had our phone number in NYC in case he showed up in Connecticut. We were supposed to start work again after the...

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#NYE 30 Years Ago Today – Sam Todd Disappeared and We Began Our Search

Posted by on Jan 1, 2014 in BLOG | 0 comments

#NYE 30 Years Ago Today – Sam Todd Disappeared and We Began Our Search

Waking up 30 years this morning is a bit of a haze in my memory. We had haunted the streets looking for Sam until it was almost dawn. My feet had frozen through my boots and my legs were checkered with intermittent blasts of icy air. I was wearing fishnets. Not sure what else… I had changed about six times, from a slip and bra to something warmer and leather. Sam’s brother, Adam, and our roommate, Eric–Adam’s best friend from Vassar, continued searching. Adam knew something was wrong. Our loft was 2,000 square feet and...

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